Obviously some questions tagged stackoverflow are about actual overflowing stacks, but many of them aren't (look through the list - many, if not most, are closed).

Would it be useful to popup a message saying "If you're asking a question about the site, please ask it on Meta" with a link to Meta?

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I like it, you can't never go wrong when helping new users.

I would add that there's some reputation threshold when this doesn't appear anymore.

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    I don't know about the rep cap thing - the person who asked stackoverflow.com/questions/2370202/… has >4000 rep. Where would you set the bar? How often have you asked questions tagged stackoverflow? Would it really annoy you that much? Mar 3, 2010 at 14:10
  • No, not really... I never asked a stackoverflow (programming) question
    – juan
    Mar 3, 2010 at 14:40
  • @Dominic: Surprising in a 4k user, but I'd set the bar at 10k. If you don't have a clue by then, no amount of prompting is going to give you one. Jul 7, 2011 at 22:37
  • @T.J.Crowder: I'd set the bar lower at say 1k or 2k. Sure, there are people with high rep who mistakenly ask it on SO only because they've never had the need to go to MSO. And if they have 1k/2k rep, they've been in the system long enough to realize their mistake after one notification. Jul 7, 2011 at 22:58

I posted a retag discussion a while back on this.

IMHO, [stackoverflow] should refer to the site, and [stack-overflow] and [stack-overflow-exception] should refer to the buffer overrun condition.

  • What if you were asking a question about how to implement something similar to stackoverflow.com?
    – dreamlax
    Mar 5, 2010 at 2:03
  • I've been leaving those questions alone so far, but IMO most of them would have still been perfectly valid questions if they simply hadn't mentioned SO at all.
    – Ether
    Mar 5, 2010 at 16:31

Good idea. I like @Juan Manuel's refinement, though; after a certain point (10k? certainly not just 1k), you can be pretty sure asking them this question is just a nuisance.

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